Birth name Melissa Chessington Leo NationalityUSA Birth 14 september 1960 (63 years) at New York City (USA) Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Primetime Emmy Award
Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the 1980s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show's first five seasons (1993–97). She had also previously been a regular on the television shows All My Children and The Young Riders.
Leo received critical acclaim for her performance as Ray Eddy in the film Frozen River (2008), earning several nominations and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2010, Leo won several awards for her performance as Alice Eklund-Ward in the film The Fighter, including the Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1985 she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on All My Children. In 2013 she won the Emmy Award for her guest-role on the television series Louie. She recently starred in the 2015 ABC event series Wayward Pines as Nurse Pam.
Leo was born in Manhattan, New York City, and spent her early life on the Lower East Side. She is the daughter of Peggy (née Chessington), a California-born teacher, and Arnold Leo III, an editor at Grove Press, fisherman, and former spokesman for the East Hampton Baymen's Association. She has one brother, Erik Leo. Her parents divorced, and her mother moved them to Red Clover Commune, in Putney, Vermont. Her maternal grandparents were Frances (née Stone 1917-2008) and James Chessington, a colonel in the United States Air Force. Her paternal grandparents were Elinore (née Wellington 1914-2008) and Arnold Leo II. Her uncle was journalist Roger Leo (1947-2011), and her aunt is art historian Christine Leo Roussel. Leo began performing as a child with the Bread and Puppet Theater Company. She attended Bellow Falls High School in Vermont, and studied acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, and SUNY Purchase, but did not graduate, choosing to leave school and move to New York City to begin auditioning for acting jobs. Leo spent summers at her father's house in Springs, a section of East Hampton, N.Y. She now lives in Stone Ridge, New York. She has a son with actor and former boyfriend John Heard named John "Jack" Matthew Heard (born 1987) and years later adopted Adam (born 1984).
, 1h39 Directed byBabak Najafi OriginUSA GenresThriller, Action, Crime ThemesSpy films, Films about terrorism, Political films ActorsAaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Melissa Leo Roles Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan Rating59% The story picks up in London, where the British Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances and his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. What starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable Secret Service lead agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), and a British MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one.
, 1h23 Directed byPhil Alden Robinson OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama ActorsRobin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones, Richard Kind Roles Bette Altmann Rating56% Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is stuck in Brooklyn traffic while on his way to a doctor's appointment. His car is suddenly struck by a taxi, which propels him into a rage which he unleashes upon the taxi driver. Henry goes to the Brooklyn hospital, where Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) is covering for his usual doctor, with whom she is having an affair. After examining scans of his brain, Sharon informs Henry that he has a brain aneurysm and his outlook is bad. Henry erupts, throwing insults at Sharon and demanding that she tell him how long he has to live. She tries to dodge the question, but Henry is persistent. Panicking, Sharon tells him that he will die in ninety minutes. Henry leaves the hospital in a rage.
, 2h12 Directed byAntoine Fuqua OriginUSA GenresThriller, Action, Crime ThemesMafia films, Gangster films ActorsDenzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman Roles Susan Plummer Rating72% Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a retired black ops operative who quietly lives in Boston, Massachusetts, works at a Home Mart hardware store, where he befriends many of his co-workers, and helps a security guard trainee named Ralphie pass his qualification exam. McCall promised his recently deceased wife that he would leave his old life behind. Unable to sleep, McCall spends some late nights reading in a 24/7 diner, where he befriends Alina (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenaged prostitute for the Russian Mafia, who is regaled by Robert with his philosophical interpretations of the books he reads. One night she is hospitalized when brutally beaten by her pimp, Slavi (David Meunier). McCall enters a restaurant owned by the Russian mob and offers to buy Alina's freedom from Slavi for $9,800, but Slavi refuses, dismissing McCall as old and impotent. Failing in this approach, McCall kills Slavi and four of his men with skillful close combat efficiency.